Our Texas Lobbying series make it easy to understand how lobbying works and the power players involved.
Contributing Writer | 01/20/2021

Now that lawmakers have convened in Austin, private citizens and PACs are no longer able to make political contributions, so the sole financial influence on lawmakers during the legislative session comes from lobbyists. In fact, in session and out, lobbying is by far the biggest source of money in Texas politics — and taxpayers are …

Contributing Writer | 01/20/2021

For the 2020 election cycle (2019 – 2020), more than $109 million in taxpayer dollars is being spent to lobby Austin politicians. With our Lobbying Data feature, Texans can see which organizations are hiring lobbyists, who they’re hiring, and how much they’re spending. In addition to pulling back the curtain on lobbying — the largest …

Tracy Marshall | 01/19/2021

Transparency USA’s Texas Lobbying Data is a user-friendly database offering the most comprehensive, searchable source of information on the money spent to lobby Texas representatives in Austin.  You can see the names of the lobbyists who are “wining and dining” and seeking to persuade Texas politicians to vote in their favor. You can also see …

Contributing Writer | 12/02/2020

To find some of the most influential people in Austin, look no further than the lobbyists employed by hundreds of entities across the state of Texas. The highest paid lobbyists in Texas politics are hired by organizations willing to spend significant resources persuading lawmakers to support legislation that is favorable to their interests.  The phrase …

Contributing Writer | 11/21/2020

With the 87th session of the Texas Legislature rapidly approaching in January, multiple reports have taken note of a new player looking to roll the dice on influencing Texas politics – the casino industry.  According to our data, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson took his place as a top ten donor in Texas state political contributions …